How to Get Over Creative Struggles

Today I’m writing about some things that I’m convinced that every creative has struggled with, in one form or another, at some point in their endeavors. More importantly, I want to talk about how to get over creative struggles.

But the struggles I’m referring to are:

  • Creative Blocks
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • And other internal and/or external struggles


These are some things that I'm convinced that every creative has struggled with, in one form or another, at some point in their endeavors. More importantly, here's how to get over creative struggles.



Creative Blocks are those times when you think you have no good ideas, you avoid blank canvases, blank pages, and blank screens at all costs, because you’re just certain that nothing good will come out of you.


Impostor Syndrome is when you think you’re not “good enough” or “qualified enough” or just simply “enough.”


Internal and External struggles include things like: feelings of guilt that come from within (“Why should I work on this thing that gives me pleasure when I should be doing ____?!”) Or from someone else (“Why are you working on that?” Or “You’d be so much better at this!” Or “What’s the point of that thing, anyway?” Or even “You can’t make money doing that!)


Trust me, I know that you’re reading this for a reason.

But also: I know how it feels. I’ve had close and loving friends and family tell me:

“It must be nice to sit at home all day and watch your daughters!” (Meanwhile, at the time I was working 60-70 hours a week, getting up hours before they did every morning to build my business where I was making as much as, and at times more than, my husband.)

“You should become a real estate agent!” And, “You should go to business school!” (When I announced I’d be going back to college to study art at 36.)

“Oh, you’re an artist? Cool! But what do you do for work? (Said to me by another creative, even. REALLY?!)

Even worse, I’ve been guilty of most, if not all of the following myself:

  • procrastination
  • self-sabotage
  • feeling and/or being “too busy”
  • being afraid of failure and/or success
  • perfectionism (if I can’t do it perfectly, why try at all?)
  • fear in general
  • “what will other people think if I ______?”
  • committing to anything and everything else except my own creative outlets

Do any of those sound familiar?

If they do, first of all, let’s just acknowledge them and realize that you’re not alone. I promise you, you’re not! Even though we’re creative, that doesn’t mean that our best and most creative work always comes naturally or easily.

Second, let’s promise ourselves that if we experience any of the blocks or struggles above, we’ll work through them.

I want you to realize what an extraordinary human you are, {{ subscriber.first_name }}. In fact, here are just some of the wonderful traits most creatives naturally have:

  • curiosity
  • filled with ideas and solutions
  • risk takers (though if you’re an introvert, your risks are probably calculated)
  • playful
  • sensitive
  • expressive
  • interesting
  • ethical
  • motivated
  • heart-centered
  • dreamer
  • work well independently
  • non-conformist

Which of these do you resonate with? Today I’d like to ask you to be honest, gentle and introspective and ask yourself: what are some of your most admirable traits?

How to Get Over Creative Struggles

And if you’re feeling brave: ask your close friends and family members what they love and admire most about you. Send it in an email or text, if you can, so that they have time to reflect and answer you thoroughly.

Then, I want you to write them all down and keep that in a place where you can refer back to it whenever you need too. Even better: keep somewhere you can see it every day! As a screen saver or background on your devices, on a cork board in your office or studio, etc.

Because we all need to remember how amazing we are from time to time!

(This article comes from my Creative Coaching for Introverts series. If you’d like to learn more, click here.)


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    Adrienne Muller Goldstein

    February 5, 2018

    I just wanted to say thanks for putting this out there. I struggle creatively all the time and I wish I was able to go back to school for art RIGHT NOW! I did take some fine art classes at age 35 much like you did. But now I am in my 40’s and life just keeps on rolling by. I have an idea for an art business but right now it is just a dream… with no backup income.